When We Took Over the World

  • Published: 08 May 2019
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    From our deepest origins in Africa all the way to the Americas, by looking at the fossils and archaeological materials we have been able to trace the path our ancestors took during thee short window of time when we took over the world.

    Thanks to Julio Lacerda and Studio 252mya for the human migration illustration. You can find more of Julio's work here: 252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda

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Comments • 1 646

  • Joao Tattoo
    Joao Tattoo  11 hours back

    What about the 50k year old Brazilian skeleton

    • monoham1
      monoham1  12 hours back


      • monoham1
        monoham1  12 hours back

        this is both deceptive and slightly wrong as noted at the very end
        humans migrated out of africa along with other species of humans like homo erectus while he is also thought to have evolved into homo sapiens sapiens at some point before dying out or merging.
        note this is not the same as neanderthals, who are essentially also homo sapiens.

        • Michael Swann
          Michael Swann  14 hours back

          This vid came out on my birthday

          • muaz arif
            muaz arif  2 days back

            Might be someone from future travelled back in time and buried teeth at random places just to confuse us

            • muaz arif
              muaz arif  2 days back

              Journey of human teeth

              • Diogo Azevedo Lima
                Diogo Azevedo Lima  2 days back

                Hi! Could you make a video about the differents humans phenotypes? Thanks

                • Amari Stokes
                  Amari Stokes  4 days back


                  • youngswhtx
                    youngswhtx  4 days back

                    I dont get it.... if africa is the oldest country and humans to live , why tf is it still poor and kids starving and no running water ????

                    • The Last Samurai
                      The Last Samurai  4 days back

                      Okay then why do Asians look different from there cousins the astroloids people, they are basically the Direct decendants of African people, European mixed with Neanderthals, what kind of human ancestors did Asian people interbreed with???

                      • Adam Martin
                        Adam Martin  5 days back

                        "We met with and interbred with other homids along the way, but that is a story for another time." <- someone has been watching Star Trek.

                        • Brendan O'Neil
                          Brendan O'Neil  1 weeks back

                          Would that skull have been found in the mountains?

                          • Ianimations
                            Ianimations  1 weeks back

                            Nobody is interested in humans, we ruined or destroyed all the natural wonders of the world and deserve hate not praise.

                            • Japanese man
                              Japanese man  1 weeks back

                              Giant moth need giant lamp


                              • Char Horst
                                Char Horst  1 weeks back

                                They built a boat.

                                • Char Horst
                                  Char Horst  1 weeks back

                                  Humans exploit resources then move on to new areas.

                                  • Margaret louise
                                    Margaret louise  1 weeks back

                                    Hmmmm......what about the reptilians??

                                  • Keowar
                                    Keowar  1 weeks back

                                    toothfairy investing in teeth 300k years ago:


                                    • Wendi martin
                                      Wendi martin  1 weeks back

                                      Ummm. There are recent remains found in the NW that are 50,000 years ago. There are also recent findings of people traveling via canoe into South America and North America

                                      • Nathan Frey
                                        Nathan Frey  2 weeks back

                                        So when was there evidence of boats?

                                        • anonymous ubiquitious
                                          anonymous ubiquitious  2 weeks back

                                          How much more superior are western europeans to all humans? Is their a superiority. ndex ?

                                          • john harris
                                            john harris  1 months back

                                            Lots of breeding back then, not so much today!

                                            • Dbmlt/ Danily500
                                              Dbmlt/ Danily500  1 months back

                                              *BIG BRAIN*

                                              • brabanthallen
                                                brabanthallen  1 months back

                                                There is evidence suggesting that humans in North America date back much further than 16,000 years, perhaps over 100,000 years. There is much evidence suggesting there was a highly advanced, worldwide civilization well over 12,000 years ago, and that it was devastated by a worldwide cataclysm during the Younger Dryas period. However, mainstream academia are doing their best to discredit the evidence since it contradicts with the archaeological dogma that has been widely accepted. Dogma has no place in real science. The human story is constantly changing as new evidence arises, and science must be willing to accept new evidence when it is presented. The evidence is there. Highly advanced megalithic stone construction and carving exists all over the world at many sites. It is abundantly clear that much of what we have been taught concerning the rise of humanity and civilization is simply incorrect and incomplete. There was advanced technology on several continents that we cannot even match today, and it existed before the bronze age, contrary to what we have been taught.

                                                • rent a shill
                                                  rent a shill  1 weeks back

                                                  @brabanthallen thats not evidence in your favor
                                                  do you understand how this works?
                                                  you need to provide empirical evidence that its impossible to cut stone 5000 years ago

                                                  nobody with any expertise on the subject thinks its impossbile
                                                  its pretty easy
                                                  but its time consuming and labor intensive
                                                  if you actually wanted to know the truth about how they were built
                                                  you would already know
                                                  because there are thousands of demonstrations of how easy it is

                                                  its just insanely time consuming
                                                  for pyramid of giza stone blocks
                                                  it would require a team of 30 man to cut one average stone block for about a month, they would work in shifts day and night

                                                • brabanthallen
                                                  brabanthallen  1 weeks back

                                                  @rent a shill - Stone carving techniques at the Serapeum, Egypt. Baalbek in Lebanon. Sacsayhuaman in Peru, Cambodia, Mexico, Bolivia, Egypt, etc. No logical fallacies, actual artifacts that should not have been produced with the tools we "believe" they had available at the time.

                                                • rent a shill
                                                  rent a shill  1 weeks back

                                                  if by "evidence suggest highly advanced civilization" you mean arguments from ignorance on how were the pyramids built
                                                  you are mistaken,
                                                  those are not evidence
                                                  they are logical fallacies

                                              • Marci Nelson
                                                Marci Nelson  1 months back

                                                *Huh, weird, that some of our oldest tribal (from several different tribes, I'm from the Klamath tribe) stories have us coming up from the jungles of the south American continent.*

                                                • The_Rumpled_Book
                                                  The_Rumpled_Book  1 months back

                                                  Early humans: follow the food! Follow the food! Wait, sh*t, now it's cold. Uh...wear your food's fuzzy casing!!

                                                  • Alice Descoteaux
                                                    Alice Descoteaux  1 months back

                                                    Is it possible for you and your colleagues to speak faster and faster than you do! Are you in a competition: who is gonna speak faster than the other? :-)

                                                    • Joe O Sullivan
                                                      Joe O Sullivan  1 months back

                                                      It's kind of fascinating that early humans discovered Australia and the Americas last. Then, thousands of years later, we modern humans didn't even know these countries existed, and again discovered them last.

                                                      • 1 thepackgawd
                                                        1 thepackgawd  2 months back

                                                        They found humanbones in Brazil at 22000 years ago

                                                        • Linear Wolf
                                                          Linear Wolf  2 months back

                                                          BIG BRAIN

                                                          • Ashley Lynn
                                                            Ashley Lynn  2 months back

                                                            So where the pyramids built yet?

                                                            • rent a shill
                                                              rent a shill  1 weeks back

                                                              there are numerous pyramids from different time periods....
                                                              i will pressume you mean "great pyramids of giza" because thats the one people usually think of first
                                                              its around 4500 years old

                                                              while the oldest we discovered is "pyramid of djoser" that is around 200 years older

                                                          • Michael
                                                            Michael  2 months back

                                                            The Dali man is 209k years old, found in China.

                                                            • Positive Comment
                                                              Positive Comment  2 months back

                                                              Big up the Kents Cavern massive mate

                                                              • Larry Hovekamp
                                                                Larry Hovekamp  2 months back

                                                                How did early humans enter Southeast Asian islands and Australasia? Simple. These places were a part of the Asian mainland except for then narrow straights between New Guinea area and the rest of the Asian continent. By then they may also have had simple boats and rafts. During that time, sea levels were a hundred meters lower than today because of ice age glaciers therefore more land and crossings to travel.

                                                                • Metaphysics
                                                                  Metaphysics  2 months back

                                                                  But did we really take over the 'world'? 🤔

                                                                  • Sandeep Athwal
                                                                    Sandeep Athwal  2 months back

                                                                    $100 to talk 2 a nerd....or pay me £10 & speak with a real OG.!

                                                                    • Jeremy Cornwell
                                                                      Jeremy Cornwell  2 months back

                                                                      Stay away from my, conflict of interest.

                                                                    • christina1stallings
                                                                      christina1stallings  2 months back

                                                                      Is the changing locations of tectonic plates taken into consideration?

                                                                      • I27T I84
                                                                        I27T I84  2 months back

                                                                        Is anyone else bothered by the fact that they used the same photo like 3 times in this video

                                                                        • Unofficial Hero Trainer
                                                                          Unofficial Hero Trainer  2 months back

                                                                          what do you think of Charles C. Mann's argument that humans arrived in north america earlier than thought and by multiple migrations, some of which were down the coast rather than through the pass?

                                                                          • Vijith Srimantha
                                                                            Vijith Srimantha  2 months back

                                                                            In Sri Lanka there are findings that indicate about prehistoric settlements of human dated over 125,000 years. They must have came through that southern route.

                                                                            • Nathan Jarboe
                                                                              Nathan Jarboe  2 months back

                                                                              The reason we can’t put the pieces together all the way is because we haven’t found all the sights yet. Plus, it’s hard to actually get real fossils. Most people won’t make a fossil.

                                                                              • Nathan Jarboe
                                                                                Nathan Jarboe  2 months back

                                                                                Did anybody pass through that thin point of Spain????

                                                                                • Dankaro Terdoo
                                                                                  Dankaro Terdoo  3 months back

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                                                                                  • Policemen Sam
                                                                                    Policemen Sam  3 months back

                                                                                    the last continent to be reached by Humans was Zealandia it was first reached around 1000 years ago and this is recognised as a continent and includes Papua new guinea and is mostly underwater the most populated part of it is new Zealand which was one of the last places on earth to be discovered when the Maori first came there from the cook islands around 1400 ad.

                                                                                    • Hammer Lord8184
                                                                                      Hammer Lord8184  3 months back

                                                                                      Imagine all the bodies underground that could give us all the information we needed

                                                                                      • Richard Sleep
                                                                                        Richard Sleep  3 months back

                                                                                        Good overview, thanks.

                                                                                        • David Greene
                                                                                          David Greene  3 months back

                                                                                          What is that music used in the beginning?